Banksy Trend Report Q1

Monkey
Detonator

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Critical Review

Monkey Detonator is a spray-painted artwork by Banksy from the early 2000s. The stencilled work shows a monkey jumping on a bomb detonator handle, moments away from setting off an explosion. Its cheeky smile suggests it is aware of its actions.

Banksy has made numerous variations of Monkey Detonator. In one version, created in 2000, the scene is entirely in monochrome, with a black stencilled monkey on a white background – this was released as an edition of 25.

Other versions include a yellow bomb detonator adding a pop of colour to the otherwise monochrome scene, while another version reveals that the monkey is denotating a bomb made of explosive bananas; this latter variation was seen on the streets of Waterloo, London, in 2006, as well as on original artworks.